come out of the woodwork

come out of the woodwork

also crawl out of the woodwork
to appear suddenly and unexpectedly If you try to lose weight, people will come out of the woodwork to offer advice.
Usage notes: usually said about someone who was not invited or wanted
Etymology: based on the idea of insects that suddenly come out from under boards in a house where they have been hidden
See also: come, of, out, woodwork

come/crawl out of the woodwork

to appear after being hidden or not active for a long time, especially in order to do something unpleasant After you've been in a relationship for a long while, all sorts of little secrets start to come out of the woodwork. Racists and extreme nationalists are crawling out of the woodwork to protest at the sudden increase in the number of immigrants.
See also: come, of, out, woodwork
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When you have a hit people always come out of the woodwork and try to claim it.
More people have come out of the woodwork to join the committee for the final push, and we expect to do that after the holidays,'' he said.
Influenced by low-interest rates, many potential home-purchasers have come out of the woodwork.
It would be a major surprise if something were to come out of the woodwork to beat him at this stage of the season.
While White said it was too early to tell if any large demonstrations were imminent, ``people here come out of the woodwork to protest in a couple hours, and that may be happening.
The Oxnard volunteers call it Midnight Madness - the equivalent of a full moon for tax procrastinators, the time when some of the wildest and wooliest cases come out of the woodwork.